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Bill would expand health care options for Native veterans

View of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on June 20, 2019. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A bill introduced in Congress would expand health care options for Native American veterans.

New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall and California Rep. Ro Khanna announced the bill Friday. A bipartisan group of lawmakers has signed on as co-sponsors.

The measure would allow the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to reimburse about three dozen health care facilities in 20 states for services provided to Native veterans in urban areas. California leads in the number of urban Indian health centers.

A reimbursement system already exists for about 185 hospitals and clinics run by the federal Indian Health Service or by tribes in more remote areas. Udall’s office says those agreements helped more than 9,300 Native veterans last year.

Census figures show about three-quarters of Native Americans live in urban areas.

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4 comments

  • Rj

    All veterans should be treated the same no matter what color, A terrorists Bullet or bomb doesn’t discriminate on ones color. But you have to remember all whites had a bullseye placed on your back when Osama announced the transformation of America, so now native Americans get free health care ? Illegals get free health care and kill Americans and get set free while whites pay for them all ?

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